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Why NOW is the ideal time to get your hedge trimmed - Hedge Cutting Season and the law

Hedge trimming is one of our absolute favourites here at Green Countryside. The massive difference a neatly trimmed hedge can make to the appearance of your garden or the outside of your house is clear to see. Check out some of the images below just to see how much of a difference this can make.

Hedge Trimming Before and After 1

Hedge Trimming Before and After 2

Hedge Trimming Before and After 3


But did you know that it's not possible to get your hedge trimmed all year round?


The reason for this is bird nesting season. According to the RSPB, bird nesting season runs from March to August. As birds are breeding during this time, it's important to take care not to hurt them or their nests. This is a serious offence and is actually against the law - specifically the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981. There are some exceptions, such as if the hedge is dangerous or causing an obstruction. If you'd like to see some examples here is a good article which provides a lot more detail: Hedge Cutting Dates. If you are unsure, get in touch and we will be happy to let you know if it is safe to cut your hedges.


Bearing in mind that bird nesting season is fast approaching, any hedge cutting needs to be done sooner rather than later. This means you only have a few weeks left to get your hedges trimmed!


If you are at all concerned about any possible risk to birds or their nests, let us reassure you. All hedges are fully checked prior to any cutting being carried out. If we find any evidence of current nesting, we do not cut the hedge - the slightest whiff of a feather and our tools go away.


We will honour any quote that has to be postponed due to nesting season and will gladly come back later in the season when the chicks have fledged.


So if you've been considering getting your hedge cut but have been putting it off, now is the time! Get in touch with us today and we will be happy to help get your overgrown hedges looking beautiful again.

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